Event Title

Mbira dzavadzimu

Presenter Information

Michael Millenheft

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation/Art Exihibt

College

College of Art & Letters

Major

Music

Location

Event Center BC

Faculty Mentor

Dr.Todd Johnson

Start Date

5-18-2017 11:00 AM

End Date

5-18-2017 12:00 PM

Abstract

The Mbira dzavadzimu is a lamellophone used by the Shona people originating in Zimbabwe. I conducted research on the Mbira to understand both the cultural significance and the expertise required to play the instrument. Gathering sources and texts was the first step in my research. I then received Mbira lessons from Erica Azim who has traveled to Zimbabwe many times and learned the instrument directly from native Zimbabweans. Learning to play the instrument helped further my understanding of the instrument in Shona culture. Finally, I researched the singing that accompanies Mbira music. I sought out the lyrics to many Mbira songs and analyzed their meanings.

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May 18th, 11:00 AM May 18th, 12:00 PM

Mbira dzavadzimu

Event Center BC

The Mbira dzavadzimu is a lamellophone used by the Shona people originating in Zimbabwe. I conducted research on the Mbira to understand both the cultural significance and the expertise required to play the instrument. Gathering sources and texts was the first step in my research. I then received Mbira lessons from Erica Azim who has traveled to Zimbabwe many times and learned the instrument directly from native Zimbabweans. Learning to play the instrument helped further my understanding of the instrument in Shona culture. Finally, I researched the singing that accompanies Mbira music. I sought out the lyrics to many Mbira songs and analyzed their meanings.